Dr. Thomas J. Kuchinka 1939-2020

BOARDMAN — Dr. Thomas Joseph Kuchinka, 81, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

Thomas was born April 1, 1939, in Bellaire, a son of the late Joe and Stella Kuchinka. He graduated from The Rayen School and afterwards served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany.

Thomas attended Youngstown State University and obtained a master’s degree in business administration, and later attended Portland State University and Brigham Young University, where he received a dual doctorate (Ph.D.) in abnormal psychology.

He had a well-rounded professional career, holding positions with William and Mary, Clark College, North Eastern University, Tri-State University, and retired working for North East Ohio Network, administering 13 counties’ mental retardation programs.

Thomas was an avid golfer, loved to travel, especially to Aruba, and had a great love for cooking. He enjoyed many great meals with his friends at Yankee Kitchen and loved to spend time at the casino.

Thomas is survived by his brother, Algene Kuchinka; his niece, Susie (Mike) Brown; nephew, David (Shelly) Kuchinka; son in law, David Curl; his grandchildren, David (Rachel) Curl, Lauren (Trenton) Ferrell and Nicholas Curl; as well as his great-grandchildren, Oakes, Holland, Charlotte and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his life partner, Rosemary Russo; his daughter, Shari Renee Curl; and his sister, Lorrayne “Babe” (Donald) Baker.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at Schiavone Funeral Home.

Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences.

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